2006 Domaine Drouhin Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
Fine-boned and elegant, this plum-scented Pinot is supported by sumptuous oak and a dusting of fine-grained earth. The ripe cherry flavor concentration feels as generous as it is poised, the finish graceful and lifted.
*Cellar Selection* Elegance is the keyword for all the wines of DDO, with the added bonus of structure that almost begs for cellaring. This lovely Pinot Noir effortlessly captures the essence of the grape without any heavy-handed oak, alcohol or over-ripeness. Truly Burgundian, a moderate 14% alcohol, it offers seamless integration of berry and plum fruit, natural acids and lightly applied oak accents of sandalwood and toasted cracker. (PG)
Crisp, with an open feel to the meaty cherry and blood orange flavors that persist nicely through a veil of fine tannins and linger on the refined finish. (HS)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A relatively high-toned nose of red raspberry, cherry, cranberry and subtle herbal notes precede very fresh, bright and almost racy middle weight flavors that possess fine detail and good finishing energy and persistence. This is delicious, well balanced and while it doesn't have the weight or concentration of the Louise, it has more personality, at least at present.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red color. Alluring red and dark berry scents are complicated by fresh rose, baking spices and minerals. Delicate and precise, offering zesty red fruit flavors and fine-grained tannins, with a brisk snap of blood orange on the back. Admirably understated, focused Pinot with impressive finishing cut and length. (JR)